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Android 7.0 Nougat could be released in August

In recent years Google has tended to favour releasing new versions of Android around October. But in 2016 it looks as if the latest release of the search engine giant’s mobile operating system could arrive a little early, with speculation centring around August.

The next version of the OS will be known as Android 7.0 Nougat. Its name, which follows the usual dessert theme, was announced in June, as Google moved towards finalising the release.

The announcement of the Android Nougat name is not the only indication that a full release may not be far away.

Earlier in July, Developer Preview 5 of Android Nougat was made available. It has been confirmed that this is the final preview release before the full launch; designed to allow developers to get their apps ready for the new version of Android.

The first developer preview for Android Nougat was actually released in March – around two months earlier than had been anticipated.

News about the possible August release of Android Nougat has come from Evan Blass – a usually-reliable source of tech industry information – on Twitter.

Blass also claims that the popular Nexus 5, which was released in 2013, will not receive an update to the forthcoming version of Android.

If Android Nougat is released in August, this raises the prospect of new hardware appearing earlier than usual. Google typically launches new devices alongside major Android releases.

HTC is strongly rumoured to be working on a pair of new Nexus smartphones for Google, which have been codenamed Marlin and Sailfish.

There also remains some talk that Huawei may once again be working with Google. One possibility is that the Chinese manufacturer will release a revised edition of last year’s Nexus 6P, which will be offered in addition to the HTC Nexus Marlin and HTC Nexus Sailfish.